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ASL’s Drinks and Drones is the coolest event on the planet

Aerial Sports League is debuting drinks and drones — an all-new type of entertainment destination.

It’s part-nightclub, part drone racecourse. Later this year, Aerial Sports League is going to open Drone Sports World — an entertainment complex for people to learn how to fly drones and race themselves — in San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts.

“We’ll teach you how to build drones, teach you how to fly drones, get you registered with the FAA and make sure you know what you’re doing before you leave,” said Aerial Sports League CEO Marque Cornblatt.

But until then, Aerial Sports League has held a couple Drinks and Drones events. It’s for those of us who enjoy watching drones as much as we love flying them — along with dancing to some EDM music, grabbing a cocktail and meeting other dronies (or drone newbies).

I went to a recent Drinks and Drones event with some friends, and shot some footage for you to check out!

Want to get into drone racing yourself? Here’s my guide to getting started.

Phantom 4 over Lofoten Islands shows video of a magical, fairy tale-like Norway

I’m a big fan of Norway, and not just because one of my favorite movies, Frozen, was inspired by the country.

Drone video shot on a DJI Phantom 4 by filmmaker Theo Gove-Humphries, shows one of Norway’s most magical places.

The film gives viewers an aerial look at Lofoten. It’s an off-the-beaten-path archipelago known for dramatic mountains and peaks, open sea and sheltered bays, beaches and untouched lands.

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Flying Robot international Film Festival entries are open

The Flying Robot international Film Festival (FRiFF) is back again for a second year.

The international drone film festival screening will take place in October of 2016 in San Francisco.

FRiFF, which awards cash prizes to the winners, was founded in 2015 by Eddie Codel, a fellow San Francisco based live video producer, aerial filmmaker and drone nerd.

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Last year, the competition saw 153 films from 35 countries. 20 finalists films were aired the night of the film festival, including one of my favorite drone films to date “Running into the Air,” by Sebastian Woeber of Austria. That film won in the Cinematic: Postcard category.

See more of Drone Girl’s coverage from last year’s film festival here.

How to enter the Flying Robot international Film Festival:

Submissions are now open through July 15th for a $10 entry fee. Between July 15th and August 15th, the price increases to $15. Films must be less than five minutes, and while it doesn’t need to be 100% aerial footage, aerial footage should be central to the story being told.  You can submit your film here.


Kiteboarder Karlie Thoma uses drones too

Our latest Drone Girl profile is a little different and features someone whose profession has nothing to do with drones, yet they entered her life, which happens to be the life of a kiteboarder.

18-year-old kiteboarder Karlie Thoma recently worked with Salt Lake City-based production company Atomic City Films to film a short film about her kiteboarding.

The film was shot in Maui, Hawaii on the Autel Robotics X-Star Drone with 4K Camera. Here’s our interview:

Drone Girl: Usually I profile people who work with drones as operators, but your story is a little different. You worked with drones so they could film you! How did this whole project come about?

Karlie Thoma: I was approached by Rhett (Director at Atomic City Films) who saw my pictures on Instagram. He then contacted me to set up a time for us to meet and shortly after that we were having lunch discussing his idea of the shoot. I recommend some of my favorite spots to kiteboard. It was difficult to narrow the spots down. There were no fly zones because the beach was close to the airport. We ended up choosing a prime location on Maui’s north shore, Baby Beach.An aerial shot from an Autel Robotics drone featuring Kiteboarder Karlie Thoma in Maui. The picture is from Atomic City Film's short film, shot via an Autel Robotics drone.

DG: How many drones were up in the air each time?
KT: There were 2 drones. One of the drones actually hit my lines and the drone fell into the water. In-between breaks I went diving but did not find the drone.
DG: What was it like working with the drones?

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Haunting drone footage shows a rare glimpse of Chernobyl today

A fire and explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear plant on April 26, 1986 led to the world’s worst nuclear accident.

30 years later, a drone has captured video of the nearby city of Pripyat and the nuclear facility, which are both still uninhabitable due to high radiation levels.

The video was shot by Philip Grossman of ExploringTheZone, a former architect who grew up about 11 miles from the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania, which had a partial meltdown in 1979. He was in third grade when the accident at that plant happened.

“It left an indelible mark on my interest in nuclear power and engineering in general,” Grossman wrote on his website. “With that experience always in the back of my head…and then I learned that my ancestors’ last stop in Europe before emigrating to America in the beginning of the 1900s was the Ukraine…it seemed like an obvious decision. I should document the Chernobyl Nuclear Zone.”

Grossman made six expeditions to the area in order to complete the project, and spent 100 days there total.

The drone shows a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, churches and homes. It also depicts the symbol of the former Soviet Union, the hammer and sickle, standing rusted atop an apartment block.

An aerial view of the Port of Oakland

There are thousands of drone videos out there any I couldn’t possibly share all of them. But since I’m from Berkeley, Calif., the next-door neighbor to Oakland, this one is worth a share.

As posted by Eddie Codel, “The Port of Oakland is the fifth busiest container port in the US. Here’s what it looks like when container cargo is unloaded from ships by massive cranes. Be sure the watch in fantastic 4K UHD.”

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5 prefixes that you would never think belong with drones

One of the most common debates we hear in the drone industry is whether or not we should even call these things drones. It’s intimidating! Drones are so militaristic! It has a negative connotation!

Well, these drones don’t have the word drone in their names. Instead, they have delightful words like ‘Taco’ and ‘Cat’. Take a look at 5 drones (ranging from cute to creepy) that give new meaning to the name:

This Tacocopter.

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